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  •  You win midterm elections by firing up the base! (2+ / 0-)
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    At least, that's been the CW for approximately forever.  And it certainly worked for the GOP in 1994 - their guys were fired up, Dem voters were dispirited, and guess what happened?  Their voters came out in droves, while ours stayed home.

    We've got a chance to reverse that in 2006 - IF the Dems aren't afraid to take stands that will fire up their base.  Like Markos says, you've got to give them a reason to show up and vote on Election Day.

    "Regnery isn't really a press, it's more like wingnut welfare." -- Jane Hamsher

    by RT on Mon Mar 20, 2006 at 10:13:08 AM PST

    •  Yep (1+ / 0-)
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      Like minimum wage raise, Iraq builddown, protecting Social Security, and reforming Medicare D.

      Democrats are the party of those who are working, those who have finished working, and those who want to work. -- Elizabeth Edwards

      by philgoblue on Mon Mar 20, 2006 at 10:15:19 AM PST

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      •  Raising the minimum wage might help (1+ / 0-)
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        in other ways. Immigration, for one.

        If it's worth while for Americans to do the work that illegals are doing, and the penalties for the EMPLOYER are high enough, then it will be to their advantage to hire legal workers first - and the jobs will pay enough that the legal workers will apply.

        That, and universal healthcare. Couple those with a much better trade policy, one that promotes businesses here AND helps other, poorer countries to build up their base industries (usually agriculture), and hopefully there wouldn't be as many people trying to get in illegally.

        •  Here here (0+ / 0-)

          I can understand that no AMericans will pick strawberries, but there are lots of illegals with what would be good-paying construction jobs.

          Democrats are the party of those who are working, those who have finished working, and those who want to work. -- Elizabeth Edwards

          by philgoblue on Mon Mar 20, 2006 at 11:57:53 AM PST

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